Despite being denied permission to visit Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reached the riot-hit area, interacted with locals and asserted that the Yogi Government has failed to establish law and order situation in the state.
"In today's India, there is no place for poor people. The government has failed on law and order in Uttar Pradesh. The role of the government is to provide safety to all citizens of the nation but the government failed to do so," Gandhi said.
He said that the Uttar Pradesh administration asked him to leave, as the situation is not stable.
"The Uttar Pradesh administration asked me to leave. They will later take me to the village once the situation becomes stable," he further said.
However, the police did try to stop the Congress vice-president but the latter adamantly reached the clash-affected area to take stock of the situation.
Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar, also discussed the deteriorating situation prevailing in the state with the locals there.
After meeting the locals, he was seen being engaged in an altercation with the police force where he questioned them as to on what grounds he was not allowed to enter Saharanpur.
The Congress vice-president was yesterday denied permission to visit the clash-affected district where a caste conflict had erupted in which many Dalits were allegedly targeted.
The confirmation of this development has been given by Additional Director General of Police Law and Order Aditya Mishra to ANI.
"We have requested all political parties not to visit the state until the situation is brought back to normal in Saharanpur." Mishra told ANI.
Clashes broke out earlier after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati's visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured.
In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath Government transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates.
On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages.
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